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A stay in hospital can be a daunting time for anyone whether it is for a short or long time. But having someone with you can help you recover and make you feel more at ease.

Keeping in contact with friends and family is important to patients. It is recognised that a balance is needed between maintaining that contact and allowing for rest and recuperation. In response to feedback from patients, families and carers wards and departments have local guidelines about visiting times so please do check before visiting.

At Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, we are proud to provide expert, compassionate care.

We are here for our local population of about 675,000 residents across Portsmouth and south east Hampshire and care for many people beyond, including providing some tertiary services to a catchment area of more than 2m people.

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Infant Feeding

Last updated: 23 January 2020

 

However you feed your baby, it is important you receive good clear information to help you feel confident and reassure you that the feeding is going well.

Research shows that breastfeeding provides many benefits for babies and mothers, to find out more please visit the antenatal page to find out where you can access valuable information on antenatal breastfeeding classes and antenatal hand expressing. 

If you have already had your baby and feel like you need extra support or information, whether breast or bottle feeding your baby please visit the postnatal page.

Whether you choose to breast, bottle or mixed feed your baby, please access this link Healthy Feeding Healthy Weight booklet for more information.

From Bump To Breastfeeding: Graphic of a Baby Attaching on the Breast from Best Beginnings on Vimeo

Antenatal breastfeeding classes are available throughout the area and are free to attend, but require booking.

Partners are welcome to attend as they can provide valuable support.

Please feel free to come along even if you haven't decided how to feed your baby.

We are here to share useful information to get you off to a good start.

Antenatal Breastfeeding classes are available at: 

Queen Alexandra Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019  Parentcraft room, Maternity department, QAH, Southwick Hill rd, Cosham, PO6 3LY, tel. 02392 286000 Ext 4530

Queen Alexandra Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020 Parentcraft room, Maternity department, QAH, Southwick Hill rd, Cosham, PO6 3LY, tel. 02392 286000 Ext 4530

North Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 Parentcraft room, Maternity department, QAH, Southwick Hill rd, Cosham, PO6 3LY, tel. 02392 286000 Ext 38Breastfeeding 60

Portsmouth Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019 St Mary's Health Campus,Milton rd, Portsmouth. PO3 6AD, tel. 02380 540777

Portsmouth Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020  St Mary's Health Campus, Milton rd, Portsmouth, PO3 6AD, tel. 02380 540777

Blake Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019  Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury rd, Gosport, PO12 3PW, tel.02392 523651

Blake Maternity Centre Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020   Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury rd, Gosport, PO12 3PW, tel. 02392 523651

Fareham Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2019  Fareham Community Hospital, 233A Brook Ln, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7DQ, tel. 01489 587444

Fareham Antenatal Breastfeeding Classes 2020  Fareham Community Hospital, 233A Brook Ln, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7DQ, tel. 01489 587444

 

 Have you thought about collecting your breast milk when you are pregnant so you have some stored for when your baby arrives? For more information to do this safely and when please speak to your midwife and click on the link below: 

Antenatal Hand Expressing Leaflet

 

Infant feeding support is available in your local area on various days and times, see below:

North Area Infant Feeding Support

Fareham and Gosport Infant Feeding Support

Portsmouth City Infant Feeding Support

See below a link to Baby Friendly Initiative information sheet to help guide you through the basics of breastfeeding, including how to know if your baby is getting enough breast milk.

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - English language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding information - Arabic language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Bengali language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding information - Hindi language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Lithuanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Mandarin language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Polish language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Romanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Slovak language

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information -Turkish language 

Baby Friendly Initiative Breastfeeding Information - Urdu

 

See below a link to Baby Friendly Initiative information sheet if you wish to bottle feed your baby to help guide you to do this as safely as possible, whether it is your expressed breast milk or formula milk.  

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - English language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Arabic language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Bengali language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Hindi language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information- Lithuanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Mandarin language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Polish language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Romanian language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Slovak language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Turkish language

Baby Friendly Initiative Bottle Feeding Information - Urdu language

 

Vitamin D

Please follow the link below for guidance regarding vitamin D for yourself, baby and family.

Vitamin D 

Healthy Start Vitamins

Please follow the link below for information on healthy start vitamins.

https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/

 

Safe Sleep Guidance

Please follow the links below for information on safe sleep.

www.lullabytrust.org.uk/

www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/new-resources-safer-sleep-week/

 

Useful links to support you with feeding your baby

Healthy Feeding Healthy Weight Booklet

Off To The Best Start 

www.laleche.org.uk 

breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

www.nct.org.uk

www.abm.me.uk

www.lcgb.org

www.kellymom.com

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